American start-up plans to produce more than 1 million units globally between 2022 and 2027
Felix Page Autocar writer
7 January 2019

American start-up Fisker has revealed its Ocean electric SUV, a Tesla Model Y rival with a claimed range of 300 miles and what it calls "immersive in-cabin features".

Making its debut at CES in Las Vegas, the Ocean is said to be fully production-ready, with the first units expected to be completed at the end of 2021. Additionally, Fisker claims to have secured "a strategic global and localised supply chain - which includes critical components such as batteries" and expects to produce more than 1 million examples between 2022 and 2027. 

The Ocean will be offered primarily to customers through a leasing programme, with prices starting from $379 (£295) per month, after a deposit of $2999 (£2335), for the cheapest of the five trim levels. Prospective customers can pay a fully refundable $250 (£194) deposit now via Fisker's smartphone app to secure a reservation. There's no indication yet as to whether the Ocean could come to the UK. 

A "very limited" number of Oceans will be sold outright at the request of several global customers, with prices starting from $29,999 (£22,825) in the US after application of federal electric vehicle incentives.

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The Ocean will be available in two and four-wheel drive form, with an electric motor mounted on each axle. Specific powertrain details remain unconfirmed, but the 0-60mph sprint is said to be dispatched in 2.9sec. An 80kW battery pack is claimed to provide a range of up to 300 miles

The SUV rides high and has modern, utilitarian styling. Flared wheel arches hint at its performance potential, while narrow headlights and chrome detailing are a nod to the 2018 Fisker Emotion concept. It features what the firm calls “captivating design touches that have been traditionally reserved for supercars in the past”.

Prominent design details include a front-mounted radar in place of a grille, a large front air intake, flared wheel arches and a futuristic headlight design. Fisker has also confirmed that the side indicators double as charging indicators, turning green when the battery is full. 

Also featured is a targa-style removable roof section that Fisker says offers the open-air benefits of a convertible "without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity of an SUV".

Inside, the SUV features a minimalist dashboard layout with a brightly lit central display and touch-sensitive control panel. Trademark features include a so-called 'California Mode', which opens all windows and the glass roof panel at the touch of a button, and a karaoke function similar to that rolled out by Tesla in 2019. 

Fisker claims the Ocean is "the world’s most sustainable vehicle", with recycled, vegan and other natural products used throughout. The full-length solar roof is said to offer 1000 additional zero-emissions miles per year, while recycled fishing nets, t-shirts, bottles and tyres feature throughout the interior and exterior to lessen the model's well-to-wheel carbon footprint.

A partnership between Fisker and charging firm Electrify America will give Ocean owners access to a network of 350kW rapid chargers, which are compatible with all mainstream electric vehicles (EVs) and capable of delivering more than 200 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes. The network is currently under development; it plans to be operating in 45 of the 50 American states by December 2021. 

The Ocean is also claimed to offer "the highest five-star safety rating", with Fisker drawing attention to the prominent side impact protection beams. It's unclear, however, whether the SUV has yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which conducts crash tests in the US.

Fisker is also at work on developing solid-state battery technology, which it says would allow future electric vehicles to gain 500 miles worth of charge in as little as one minute. 

Fisker Inc. was formed in 2016, succeeding the bankrupted Fisker Automotive company that launched the Karma range-extender luxury saloon – now re-engineered and on sale as the Karma Revero GT – in 2011. The brand plans to launch two new additional models on the Ocean's platform, although it has given no dates for their unveilings. 

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18 March 2019

I wonder if the Fisker CEO has, or will, smoke pot in America on a live Podcast hosted by a bloke called Joe...

28 October 2019

If the 'electric reveloution' has done anything at least it has promted the creation of lots of cool, innovative, creative and exciting start-ups. Fisker, Rivian, Uniti and Lucid are just a few. All brilliant.

Looks a bit like a C-HR from the front three-quarters, and a bit like a KIA soul from the front. Looks awesome anyway.

 

31 October 2019
Real_sluggo wrote:

I wonder if the Fisker CEO has, or will, smoke pot in America on a live Podcast hosted by a bloke called Joe...

 

Given that nonsense, we are pretty lucky that you did not beat him to market with a car...imagine putting down the keys to a new car and telling your pals that parked outside is a top spec, bells and whistles...Real_sluggo...watch them melt away, just like the residuals.

18 March 2019

Proabably is at the moment judging by his claims.

31 October 2019
xxxx wrote:

Proabably is at the moment judging by his claims.

 

If that is the case and what would you know?...what's your excuse?. Don't dare criticise this post for rebuking your nonsense, when you have earned it (as you ALWAYS do), by knocking someone else...usually successful people/businesses. Chip on your dandruff covered shoulder or the whole sack of potatoes?.

27 November 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Proabably is at the moment judging by his claims.

 

If that is the case and what would you know?...what's your excuse?. Don't dare criticise this post for rebuking your nonsense, when you have earned it (as you ALWAYS do), by knocking someone else...usually successful people/businesses. Chip on your dandruff covered shoulder or the whole sack of potatoes?.

Took your time to reply (6 months) did it take that look to summon up the courage to make the threat? 

p.s. "knocking someone else" rich coming from a TwiT (FMS) like you!

12 December 2019
xxxx wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Proabably is at the moment judging by his claims.

 

If that is the case and what would you know?...what's your excuse?. Don't dare criticise this post for rebuking your nonsense, when you have earned it (as you ALWAYS do), by knocking someone else...usually successful people/businesses. Chip on your dandruff covered shoulder or the whole sack of potatoes?.

Took your time to reply (6 months) did it take that look to summon up the courage to make the threat? 

p.s. "knocking someone else" rich coming from a TwiT (FMS) like you!

 

What the 6 month gap clearly shows, is that UNLIKE you, I am not welded to a dirty chair, no job, no money, no life, no hope, as you very much depict you are.

 

Cannot even get the insult correctly typed, shows you are the T (w) IT...got it now?. Fool.

18 March 2019

Fisker started same time as Tesla...and they sold about a dozen cars so far.... that says it all...dead and buried

wmb

5 April 2019
...a targa-style removable roof section? While I'm not suggesting it will not work, or that it would not be cool, as well as add separation from similar vehicles that may be on the market by then. Yet, it only seems that it may add more complexity, that may create unnecessary problems for production and/or the customer experience. The Model X's falcon doors are cool, but if I'm not mistaken, issues with them in preproduction pushed back it's on sale date. While this has not slowed the vehicles take rate, how many interested persons may have thought twice on a purchase? Due to fears of costly repair bills, on a product that is new to the market, with a manufacture with not as much history as the established brands? Can the "New" Fisker Inc. produce an EV that does what future owners want first (high quality, long/good range, fast refueling) and get that right, before they focus on 'whizz-bang, out of the box, never before seen on an EV SUV' stuff? Just a thought.

5 April 2019

Well, I'm optimistic, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.  I like the front end, so if their stylists have been as good with the rest then it should look good.  Seeing as Audi, BMW and VW styling is about as good as a six-sleeper tent, Fisker won't have to do a great job in bettering them.

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